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Around 274.6 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide in 2016.

With so much wearable tech being bought it’s unsurprising we’re seeing it pop up in the workplace.

But wearables should be more than just an addition to the office – they should be a standard part of the way you run your workplace.

Here’s how you can use them to your advantage…

Keeping workers safe

Above all else you have a moral and legal responsibility to prevent your workers coming to harm. And wearable tech can dramatically increase your chances of doing so.

The amazing thing about wearables is how much data they’re able to collect.

Most of this data is uninteresting – it just confirms that everything is fine and running as expected.

But every now and again it can be very useful.

It can be used to spot patterns where there are high incidences of accident, for instance.

If your drivers use wearables, you can track whether a particular route or shift is making them more tired.

You can use this data to make positive changes like getting rid of that shift or designing a new route, ultimately preventing accidents from happening.

This proactive approach makes all the difference.

It turns a simple record of what happened and when into something life-saving.

Attracting new talent

Wearables are good at keeping people in an organization, but they’re also good at attracting people.

Today’s young people – millennials and generation Y – are tech savvy digital natives.

It’s probably fair to say they want to work for an organisation that can promise great tech – something that is better or at the very least in line with what they would expect to buy themselves as consumers.

In fact, a study from PWC shows that 78% of millennials agreed that access to the technology they like is important to making them more effective at work.

So if you can offer this kind of employee experience, you’ll be able to bring in more new talent and keep developing your business.

This is particularly important in the wake of the skills shortage the UK is currently facing.

In the engineering sector alone, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) states that UK businesses need 87,000 new engineers each year.

And according to an employer survey we conducted, only 33% of energy, utility or built environment organizations believe they definitely have enough young people in the company.

Part of this is due to young people’s perception of this industry as old-fashioned and backward.

What better way to present yourself as an innovative business than by making wearables a part of your workplace?

Read our white paper to learn more about this issue .

A win-win investment

When we ask employees they tell us they want wearable tech in the workplace.

They already use it and trust it. It’s easy to use and it suggests their employer cares about keeping them safe.

So wearable tech is a win-win for any organization. It ensures the health and safety of your employees and helps you become the kind of company talented young people want to work for.

But implementing wearable tech isn’t the biggest challenge – it’s getting the news out there so people are aware of how to use wearables in the first place.

If potential hires don’t know you supply wearables in the workplace or how you use them to improve the employee experience and keep people safe, you can’t use it as a selling point.

It’s all about advertising your enterprise wearable policy, and you can use this blog post as your first step.

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Graeme Wright

Chief Digital Officer, Manufacturing, Utilities, and Services, UK and Ireland at Fujitsu
Graeme Wright is CTO for Manufacturing, Utilities and Services at Fujitsu in the UK and Ireland, and has been at the company for 17 years. Graeme leads the business development for the sector, and is specifically focused on IoT, analytics and smart technologies. His role involves exploring how they can be used to devise solutions in the energy and utilities, as well as the built environment sectors to optimise asset management and deliver a step change in business performance.

Graeme has a first degree in Computing Science and a Masters in Business Administration. He has successfully used his experience and knowledge of both business and technology to deliver IT enabled change for many organisations. Outside of work, Graeme has completed a project to build his own house and plays regularly in a band.

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